Monthly Archives: February 2013

Spanish Council for Library Cooperation. Strategic Plan 2013-2015

Last 14th February, the Council for Library Cooperation approved their 1st Strategic Plan defining the three strategic lines and nine general objectives to be developed from 2013 to 2015.

The Plan has been prepared by all the members working in the different areas of the Council and other library experts following a participative methodology aimed to gather all the information needed.

The Plan has also achieved the goal of evaluating the five first years of the Council, where for the first time every library typology is being represented (national, public, university, school and special libraries) in the same forum for sharing projects and disseminating their activities. Every document fruit of the work of these Council bodies is available at the Council’s web page. Some examples are the “Reference Frame of School Libraries”, “Report of Background of Spanish University Libraries in 2010”, “Guidelines for Cataloguing of Written Music”, “Towards Information Literacy in the Spanish Public Libraries”, “Best Practises in Multicultural Libraries”, “Social Web and Libraries”, “Professional Profiles at the Spanish Library System”, etc.

Click here and check the Strategic Plan of the Spanish Council of Library Cooperation [in Spanish]

STRATEGIC LINE 1: Promoting and Development of Libraries in Society


 1.1. Enhancing the perception of libraries’ usefulness in the society.

1.2 Promoting attractive services which will have social impact.

1.3  Making  users participate in training, so they can be more proactive.


1. Study on economic impact of libraries in society.

 STRATEGIC LINE 2: Sustainability of Library Services in the New Informational and Social Environment


 2.1. Promoting  prospective studies  about the libraries in the new economic, social and digital environment.

2.2.  Promoting the cooperation and partnership between libraries and other social agents for the optimization of resources.

2.3 Facilitate the development and access of digital services and digital preservation.

2.4  Promoting the evolution of competences of the library professionals with training adapted to the different profiles.


 2. Prospective study of the library in the new informational and social environment.

3. Opening of a dialog between the relevant sectors for defining a sustainable model of E-books lending in libraries.

 STRATEGIC LINE 3: Evolution of the Operation of the Council


 3.1. Adapting the role and operation of the bodies of the Council to the new challenges.

3.2. Enhancing the monitoring, evaluation and communication of the Council for Library Cooperation (CCB) and its activities.


 4. Development of a report of a CCB Operating Manual

5. CCB Communication Plan, both internal and external

Five public library services improve farmers’ lives

Public libraries are effective rural economic development partners, according to newly-released impact assessment results of five innovative public library services.

The results, released by EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP), reflect outcomes of successful implementation of four public library agricultural services in Europe and one in Latin America.

The public libraries train farmers to use computers and the internet, and reach farmers with vital  agricultural information through diverse online channels – web-portals, webinars, social media, mobile phones – and through more traditional channels like radio, TV, lectures and events.  Impact assessment, conducted over a one-year period (2011 – 2012), shows how the libraries helped farmers modernize their farming methods; fill in complex forms needed to access European Union and government grants; try alternative farming techniques, and access new market opportunities for their produce

To read more about these innovative public libraries, click the links below:

Jean Fairbairn
EIFL-PLIP Communications

Summary of news on the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, some pictures of the recently incorporated City Library “Don Mihovil Pavlinovic” from Croatia, the Chinchón Municipal Library, that has recently agreed a partnership with the Pyhäjoki Municipal Library in Finland and the Villanueva del Pardillo Municipal Library “La Casona”, in Spain. Also, an announcement: there are already 65 libraries in the program, as City Library “Slavko Kolar” has recently joined in.

Find out more about this new library and check the new posts at the Check the new posts at the Sister Libraries’ blog

Libraries’ role in development

IFLA has launched a web page focusing on the role libraries play in supporting development.
Libraries as information provider agents have a key position in society, so they must provide all the tools so they can take advantage of it. Their idea is adding new resources over time, so they’re asking for feedback: best practises, links to resources, etc.

Visit their web page and find out more about it.

E-Lending for Libraries

Ever since the launch of e-books IFLA has worked on the e-Lending. The e-Lending Working Group, was created and tasked by the IFLA Governing Board with “developing a set of principles that could guide library professionals as they grapple with the complicated process of negotiating eBook licenses with publishers and resellers”. In 2012 they publish the “Background Paper on e-Lending” and now they have just created a web page aimed to gather resources and expand the amount of information available.

You can visit the web at this link

Summary of news on the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, new pictures from libraries participating in the project, both spanish: the Allo Public Library and the Public Library “Torrente Ballester”. Also, the new record of sisterships just reached and the re-visiting of an interesting collaborative project in Spain: the “Sorrow-remover Library” project. More good news: the Municipal Public Library in Piekary Slaskie in Poland has received the accreditation to organizing European Voluntary Service. Do you want to participate?

Check the new posts at the Sister Libraries’ blog

Dealing with your national RRO: a practical guide

EIFL has worked on a study on how to negotiate with your national Reproduction Rights Organization and has published a useful guide and made it available through their web. Libraries can find information about the role and tasks of an RRO, the types of licences on offer and highlights issues to consider when negotiating a licence, etc.

You can find it here

“Cycling for libraries”, making plans for the summer

Mace Ojala sends us this wonderful plan for the summer:

We are organizing a pretty unique “unconference” for all librarians and
librarylovers. It’s called Cycling for libraries and some of you might
have heard about it. Next summer we will ride from Amsterdam to
Brussels, and we would like to invite you all to join along!

In 2011 we rode 650km from Copenhagen to Berlin, and 2012 also 650km
from Vilnius to Tallinn. This year we are doing about 400km and visit
Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft, Gent and The European Parliament in
Brussels. And each and every one of the the places in between 🙂

The idea of this professional event is to get out of our usual habitat
in the libraries, offices and from auditoriums watching powerpoints all
day long. Instead we are boldly looking for more engaging, productive,
innovative, co-operative and humane ways to meet up with our colleagues.
And more fun too. The group of 100, international librarians from two
dozen countries on their bicycles is quite a thrill!

Next summer’s Cycling for libraries unconference will start on 18th and
finish on 26th of June 2013. Learn more at (or ask me/us), and we’re on Twitter
with hashtag #cyc4lib, on Facebook and thousands of photos Flickr at Or you can just google for it.

Welcome all!! 🙂

On behalf of the organizers,

Mace Ojala, leading pathfinder of Cycling for libraries 😉

Summary of news on the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, you are invited to visit the Public Library Fran Galovic, Croatia, and the Municipal Library Český Těšín, Czech Republic, through the pictures they have sent to us.

Take a look at them at the Sister Libraries’ blog

TechSoup for Libraries

TechSoup for Libraries is a nonprofit project “devoted to making technology and technology education available and affordable to nonprofits and libraries all over the world”. It has its roots on the MaintainIT Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. You can get ideas of different libraries for supporting their computers at the tab “Cookbooks”, visit their blog or subscribe to their newsletter.

Find all the information at their web page